Martin is a clinical psychologist & Associate Professor in the counseling and counselor education program at the Warner School of Education, University of Rochester. He earned his doctoral degree in psychology at Rochester under the supervision of Professor Richard M. Ryan, co-founder of SDT. Lynch's research focuses on the effects of social context on human motivation, personality development, and well-being. His current research interests include cross-cultural issues in the study of basic needs and well-being and the application of SDT to psychotherapy. He spent a year at Kazan Federal University under a Fulbright teaching and research grant, has also been a full-time faculty member at the University of South Florida (Department of Psychology), and has served as a leading research fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.
Released in April 2013, authored by SDT scholars Kennon M. Sheldon, Geoffrey Williams, and Thomas Joiner, Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic explains the ramifications of the theory and provides clinical examples to show that it can be used to motivate patients undergoing treatment for such physical or psychological issues as diabetes management, smoking cessation, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression.